'Known drug user' walks into Lebanon home claiming he bought it

Joseph Martin (Photo via the Lebanon Reporter)

LEBANON, Ind. (WTHR) — A Thorntown, Indiana man is facing a number of charges after entering a Lebanon home with a box truck standing by and telling the owner he had bought it at an auction.

Police are familiar with 45-year-old Joseph Martin as a "known drug user" according to our news gathering partners at the Lebanon Reporter. He walked into John Lewis' home May 6 and told him it was one of three homes he had bought in an auction.

After Lewis told him to leave the property, police caught up with him. Lt. Ben Phelps pulled Martin over for driving in the wrong lane and saw he was wearing a sandal on one foot and a boot on the other. He told Phelps it was because he couldn't find their matches, but Phelps saw their matches on the floor of his truck.

Martin put both boots on for the sobriety test and failed. Tests discovered the opioid oxycodone in his system.

Martin has tools in his truck and police learned he went to Lewis' home with another person who was driving a box truck. Martin told police he couldn't remember the other person's name, but said he had the truck to help move things in. Then he told police he needed an attorney.

Martin is facing charges for residential entry, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, public intoxication and operating a vehicle with a controlled substance.

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